Sony Bravia KDL-40Z5800 40in LCD TV - Feature Table

John Archer

By John Archer



  • Recommended by TR
Sony Bravia KDL-40Z5800 40in LCD TV


Our Score:


Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 8
  • Image Quality 9
  • Sound Quality 6
  • Features 10
  • Design 9

Edward Crabtree

November 18, 2009, 2:17 pm

Nice review John. As expected, this TV is basically the z5500 with a freesat tuner. Thanks for comparing the Freesat picture quality to that of Panasonic LCDs... however, I think most people would be more interested in how this model stacks up to the comparably sized plasma (the v10) as they are very similar prices, and they've both had 9/10 scores. I understand the plasma has better blacks but takes more power to run... can't see any other big differences?


November 18, 2009, 5:03 pm

Yes, another belter from John. But with regard to "Those satellite geeks - said affectionately, I promise - should take note, though, that the 40Z5800 doesn't support simultaneous installation of Freesat and DVB-S services. You have to make your choice and stick with it, as no flitting between the two platforms is allowed post installation": does this mean that the choice of Freesat/DVB-S services is one-time-either-or-for-good? Just want to be sure I understand this correctly.


November 18, 2009, 5:15 pm

I have recently taken delivery of the new SONY 32w5810 c/w freesat tv and presently there is a few issues on the Auto update feature for freesat i.e you have to disable this setting other wise the EPG guide can disappear and a full manufacturing reset is required!. Sony has knowledge the fault and hopefully a new firmware update should fix it.

You have a choice either Freesat / or DVB-S, once selected then you have to go with it but you can reset the settings which then gives you the choice again.


November 19, 2009, 5:26 pm

Guys (Trusted review staff and John), when you do TV reviews do you think you can include screen shots of the EPG? I have a very nice Panasonic Viera old plasma TV, but want a new one if I can wangle it past the missus. My 2nd from top feature is a decent EPG. I'm currently using my PS3 and playTV and the epg is excellent. Clear, easy to read and consistent. I want a TV / PVR equally as good as that before I switch (as I want my PS3 back to play games on!).

kwg uk

November 21, 2009, 1:47 am

Why is it that manufacturers think we are all wanting thin tv`s so losing out on decent sound quality. My old Toshiba 28Z07 CRT had a good sound with speakers at the side & centre - they are only 5cm in depth. Surely speakers of this size can be fitted to lcd`s, adding only a few cm`s to the depth.


December 16, 2009, 1:32 pm

Good review, but you miss some things like Applicast,DLNA and connection to pc and resolution from pc to screen! How ever i dont disagree whis you in all points of your revieew!

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